Okuma America (Charlotte, North Carolina) has opened two new Technical Centers, located in Houston, Texas and Roselle, Illinois, respectively. The company and distributor Hartwig will celebrate the grand opening of Okuma’s Technical Center in Houston, Texas with a ribbon cutting ceremony and three days of machining and productivity seminars November 10 through 12. The 20,000-square-foot facility is adjacent to Hartwig’s Houston office.
Seminar topics include setup reduction, automation, universal machining and lean manufacturing. The three-day event will also feature live cutting demonstrations and exhibits from multiple providers of tooling and accessories. Application engineers from Hartwig and Okuma will be on-hand to discuss specific manufacturing challenges.
The showroom at the Houston technical center houses 12 Okuma CNC lathes and machining centers. These include an oil-coupling cell that combines a four-axis horizontal lathe, a double-spindle VMC, a Fanuc robot and a custom chip-removal system said to provide nearly operator-free machining of oil couplings. The technical center also houses the THINC command center, featuring the Okuma THINC control.
The company’s Technical Center at Morris Midwest occupies a facility encompassing more than 25,000 square feet in Roselle, which is located just outside Chicago. The facility serves as the northern Illinois office for distributor Morris Midwest as well as the regional Okuma Technical Center and showroom.